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Funk’s Corner – NWA World Championship in St. Louis / Dory Funk Jr. vs Baron Von Raschke

Information credit Larry Matysik – From the Golden Era, St. Louis Wrestling Record Book.

Baron Von Raschke worked the “Sly Foreigner” part claiming to be from Germany, wearing the Iron Cross, doing the Goose Step and using the Brain Claw for a finish. The real Jim Raschke may have been even more imposing. Jim Raschke was a two time All American Amateur Wrestler from University of Nebraska.

Baron Von Raschke began his charge for the NWA World Title Match with a victory over Dory Funk Jr. in a six man elimination tag team match on KPLR’s Wrestling from the Chase on January 30th, 1970. Dory Funk Jr., Jack Brisco and Tommy Martin vs Baron Von Raschke, Crimson Knight and Roger Kirby. Brisco beat Kirby, Knight beat Martin and Raschke beat Funk. The 20 minute time limit expired leaving Brisco against Raschke and Knight.

February 20th, 1970, Kiel Auditorium (att. 11,077 Sellout) NWA World Champion, Dory Funk Jr. beat Baron Von Raschke 2/3 falls. Whipper Billy Watson was the Special Referee.

Outside the ring I remember in the mid 80′s, Marti and I drinking Coors draft beer with Dick Murdoch and Jim Raschke. Raschke kept making a toast to Marti and I, then finishing off his beer and slamming his glass to the table each time breaking the slender pedestal off his glass then ordering another in a new glass. And another in a new glass And another in a new glass etc. etc.

May 21, 2011, Dory Funk Jr. returns to St. Louis

Here is the May 21 lineup for East Carondelet, Ill. Community Center
Promoters Larry Matysik and Herb Simmons

Dory Funk, Jr. and Danny Boy Hawkins and Gary Jackson
Ron Powers and Kevin X and Sean Vincent
2 out of 3 falls

Big Texan vs. Dave Vaughn

Funking Conservatory Wrestling’s World Champion, Luke Spencer vs. Bobby Dee
Ace Hawkins vs. Brandon Espinosa
Waco vs. Chaz Wesson
LMC vs. Tony Raze
Plus one Wrestling Match from Funking Conservatory Wrestling Officiated by Claudia “The Claw” Reiff
For Ticket Information, call 618-286-3393

Friday, May 20 at the Community Center
8 p.m. Meet in person Dory Funk, Jr (Talk to Dory Funk about Sam Muchnick and all the wrestlers who made St. Louis one of the Greatest Wrestling Cities in World)
For Ticket Information, call 618-286-3393
Now online at – The history of Dory Funk Jr. as NWA World Champion in St. Louis – (4 1/2 years)

The next !BANG! TV Taping comes to Funking Conservatory Wrestling Saturday May 28th, Support Your Troops 66, “Parade of Champions.”

Tickets are available online now at – You may also call 352-895-4658 for more ticket information.

If you would like to become a professional wrestler and appear weekly on !BANG! TV and Premium !BANG! TV, Call Now – 352-895-4658 or visit -

Dory Funk Jr. is the coach of WWE, TNA, NXT Lucha and Japanese Wrestling Talent

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